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To mark the 60th Anniversary of Punyatithi Aradhana of Gurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj, the Divine Life Society Branches of Gujarat jointly organised a Sadhana Shivir from 9th to 12th April 2023 at Ambaji temple town, one of the 52 Shakti Peethas in India known as Tripurasundari

The Shivir started with one hour of Mahamantra Sankirtan. Thereafter, H .H. Sri S Swami Padmanabhanandaji Maharaj, Sri Swami Dharmanishthanandaji Maharaj, Sri Swami Tyagavairagyanandaji Maharaj, Sri Swami Brahmabhutanandaji Maharaj, Swami Swaprakashananda Mataji, and Sri Bhandevji inaugurated the Shivir by lighting the sacred lamp.

Sri Swami Padmanabhanandaji Maharaj in his inaugural address and other discourses highlighting the signiÞcance of Devi Mahatmya, lucidly explained the oneness of Brahma Vidya and Sri Vidya despite their apparent differences. Swami Dharmanishthanandaji Maharaj conducted early morning session comprising Prayers, Meditation, and Relaxation exercises followed by Pranayama on all the days. He also conducted Paduka Puja and delivered an inspiring talk on ‘Guru Bhakti Yoga’ on the concluding day.

Swami Tyagavairagyanandaji Maharaj in his talks on the Life and Works of Gurudev Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj, referring to Sri Gurudev’s Autobiography spoke on his austere life at Swargashram Kutir, spiritual illumination, and evolution of the Divine Life Society. Swami Brahmabhutanandaji Maharaj gave inspiring talks on ‘Kamalajadayita Ashtakam’ composed by Shringeri Jagadguru Sri Satchidananda Sivaabhinav Nrusingha Bharati. Swami Swaprakashananda Mataji in her talks explained the signiÞcance of Lalita Sahasranama Stotra from Brahmanda Purana and taught chanting the same in the evening session. Sri Bhandevji, an eminent scholar, in his discourses gave the essence of 12 Skandhas comprising 318 Adhyaya of Devi Purana. Sri Jayanta Bhai Dave in his talks brought out the essence of the book ‘God as Mother’ by Worshipful Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj.

About 225 delegates joined the Shivir and got beneÞtted from the divine Satsanga in the holy abode of Amba Mataji. Sri Krishnakant Dave and Sri Madhusudan Swadia served as coordinators of the organising committee. Sri Akhilesh Pathak presented devotional songs during the programme. Sri Jayanta Bhai Dave, Reshma Vora, and Sri Ghanashyam Desai served as masters of ceremony. Sri Mahesh Trivedi delivered a hearty vote of thanks.

May the grace of Lord Almighty and Gurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj be upon all.

—The Divine Life Society